Medical Practice Pays $375K in Lawsuit

A medical practice, Shepherd Healthcare, in Flower Mound, Texas, recently paid $375,000 following a lawsuit due to the practice’s mandatory morning prayer and religious reflection during morning meetings. According to this Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) press release, an employee who asked to be left out of this portion of the staff meetings was fired from her position shortly after.

The press release notes that these acts violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court ruled that Shepherd Healthcare was required to pay damages to 10 of its former employees in addition to providing education on Title VII for its current employees. The medical practice filed bankruptcy shortly after.

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